The Food Series: Eating Clean–Recipe for a healthy, fresh Summer Salad

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We have all heard the expression, “What you put into your body is what you get out.” Although this is not a formula derived out of the labs of Einstein, it is easily forgotten. The maintenance of your health lies within you. Only you have the power to control how you want to live your life. We live in a generation where everyone is constantly on the go, from school to work to the stresses of a hectic daily lifestyle. It is easier to grab unhealthy fast food when in a rush, and believe me I know how tempting that whole ordeal is. I have fallen victim to the Crunchwrap Supreme from Taco Bell many at times. However, it is vital to have the control and tolerance to overcome the urges. Take about 30 minutes out of your crazy 24 hour day to make yourself a healthy lunch and dinner. Now, is that to much to ask for in order to maintain good health?

Personally, since I am a vegetarian, clean eating is something that I have enjoyed from even before the fad existed. One of my favorite things to eat are salads because of the wide diversity of options you can choose from. I find myself at my local farmer’s market way more than I would like to be because of all the wonderful options of fruits and vegetables. I am always experimenting with new salad recipes. Since it is summertime, one of my favorite salads to eat have a mixture of fresh fruits and vegetables.


Here is the recipe for a new salad I concocted while fighting off boredom in the kitchen today.



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This salad is made from all organic materials and has a calorie count of 145 per serving.

Preparation time: 25 minutes



Materials Needed for one serving:


Most items were bought from the local farmer’s market, except the walnuts, cranberries, and apple sauce which was from Trader Joe’s.


1.5 cups of spinach

1 cup of medium sized strawberries
1 cup of fresh kale
0.25 cups of crushed walnuts
0.25 cups of cranberries
1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1 cup of mixed red, yellow, and green bell peppers
4 small radishes
10 baby carrots
1 Earth’s Best Organic Apple Sauce


Steps:

1. Thoroughly wash the spinach, strawberries, kale, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, radishes, and baby carrots. Let them sit in a bowl of water for about 5 minutes to ensure they are completely clean. Dry them once they are thoroughly rinsed clean.

2. In a bowl or plate, place the spinach and kale.


3. Then chop up the strawberries, bell peppers, radishes, and baby carrots. And place them over the spinach and kale. Add the cherry tomatoes as well


4. On top of that, add the crushed walnuts and cranberries.


5. Top it off with a serving of the Apple Sauce. This will serve as a healthy alternative to salad dressing.





And voilà! There you have it, a healthy, clean alternative to your lunchtime McDonald’s meal.

Bon appétit, mes amis!

XOXO S

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